23 Jan 2012

Our response to the government’s defeat in the House of Lords with regard to the proposed benefit cap set out in the welfare reform bill

Enver Solomon, Policy Director at The Children’s Society, said:

'The Lords have stood up to the government and sent a clear message in support of children up and down the country.

'The Children’s Society is delighted that the Lords have seen sense today and excluded child benefit when calculating the benefit cap. Children should not be held responsible and penalised for the employment circumstances of their parents.

'Child benefit is a non-means tested benefit paid to working and non-working families. It’s a benefit all households with children are entitled to and is there to help with the cost of having children.

'If the intention of the benefit cap is to promote fairness, it is totally unfair that a small family with a household income of £80,000 a year receive it, yet a large family with a benefit income of £26,000 are excluded.

'The government must not ignore the fact that the Lords have spoken out to defend the plight of some of the country’s most disadvantaged children.'

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